Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

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Christians in the Media

The people over at Christ and Pop Culture have shared a great video of Ira Glass, host of This American Life, sharing his thoughts on how Christians are portrayed in the media. You might be surprised by what he has to say. Check out According to Ira Glass, Christians Aren’t So Bad

How do We Treat the Supernatural in Scripture?

Timothy George has written a wonderful post for First Things contrasting the different approaches to the supernatural in Scripture. Please take the time to read A Tale of Two Demons

Bono Talks About Jesus

Frank Viola has posted an interview from an upcoming book where Bono talks about Jesus, religion and other things. I especially enjoyed Bono’s take on moving from karma to grace. It is here where Bono gets at the difference between Christianity and the rest of the world’s religions. He says,

You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics; in physical laws every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.

Check out Bono on Jesus

Learning Lessons From an 11 Year Old

Many of you have probably heard the sad story about how the 11 year old boy who sang the national anthem at the NBA Finals received racist tweets and comments over social media. Thankfully this 11 year old has more class than any of the individuals who sent out those tweets. Check out The Kid Who Sang the National Anthem Shuts Down the Racists and Is an American Hero

Trusting in Horses and Chariots

Paul Smith has written a challenging post regarding our worship of the Prince of Peace while continuing to support the military industrial complex. He writes,

Christians should be the ones begging for guns and tanks and planes and ships to be mothballed. Turn them into museum pieces. Tell our children what it used to be like when men and women had to go to war and actually kill each other. Instead of this ridiculous love affair we have with our modern day “horse and chariot,” should we not be learning to lean upon the outstretched arm and mighty hand of God?

Check out The Hypocrisy of a Warring Christian

Elvis Costello and Mumford and Sons

Singer-songwriters like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen almost seem prophetic at times when they call our attention to the poor and downtrodden living among us. In this video Elvis Costello and Mumford and Sons cover both Springsteen and Guthrie. This was part of the ONE campaign’s anti-poverty initiative.

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